News en Highlights of the last 2 years <p>Since the last election, I have been busy inside and outside Parliament&nbsp;serving my constituents&nbsp;of Mid Worcestershire.</p> <p>I have pulled together a video of some of the highlights&nbsp;of what has been a fascinating, unpredictable and historic term.</p> <p>Please have a look and watch the video above.</p> Tue, 05 Nov 2019 15:37:28 +0000 5600 at Teller for final vote in Parliament <p>Yesterday marked John Bercow's last day as the Speaker and I had the privilege of being the teller and reader (a government whip who counts the number of people who pass through the lobbies during votes) relating to vote on the annual canvass of the electoral roll.</p> Fri, 01 Nov 2019 18:06:21 +0000 5599 at Statement on upcoming General Election <p>Yesterday, after several previous attempts, Parliament finally voted to hold a General Election on Thursday 12 December.</p>&#13; &#13; <p>I welcome this decision as an opportunity to break the current impasse in Parliament which has stifled progress on Brexit and a range of other important policy areas. I am aware that the appetite for another election is not great. However, over the last weeks and months we have continuously seen Opposition MPs stop, block and frustrate Brexit. </p> Wed, 30 Oct 2019 17:03:58 +0000 5597 at Mid Worcestershire Conservative Dinner <p>We had a very good annual dinner of the Mid Worcestershire Conservative Association this weekend at the Wood Norton Hotel.</p> <p>The highlight of the night&nbsp;was a very entertaining speech from Nicholas Coleridge covering his years in the publishing industry as well as more recently at the Victoria &amp; Albert museum.</p> <p>Thank you to everyone who came along and for making it such a memorable evening.</p> Mon, 28 Oct 2019 15:21:09 +0000 5596 at Flood warnings <p>You may be aware that over the weekend, we had an exceptional amount of rain in Worcestershire and river levels peaked across the region.</p>&#13; &#13; <p>River Avon in Evesham peaked yesterday and Crown Meadow is largely flooded.</p> Mon, 28 Oct 2019 15:06:57 +0000 5595 at Welcoming Reduced Journey Times to London <p>I welcome the news that railway journey times between Worcester and London will be reduced by the end of the year.</p>&#13; &#13; <p>Along with other Worcestershire colleagues, I have campaigned for faster, more reliable journeys between London Paddington and Worcestershire stations. I have also campaigned for the new station, Worcestershire Parkway, which is due to open by the end of 2019.</p> Thu, 24 Oct 2019 09:03:54 +0000 5594 at Statement on the Withdrawal Agreement Bill & Programme Motion <p>Yesterday, for the first time in the&nbsp;UK House of Commons, MPs embraced a deal for us to leave the EU. Finally, a majority has been found in support of the Prime Minister's #WithdrawalAgreementBill.</p> Wed, 23 Oct 2019 09:42:13 +0000 5593 at Statement on this Week's Brexit Votes <p>Here is my statement on another important week for <a href=";epa=HASHTAG&amp;__xts__%5B0%5D=68.ARBQNn1iMcctSJE3d0nYWIqB0aaho9oD2M5fbFS7CAZ_Eyk9YiBjvnO3j1tZqsMDNtQ2AokiVhVoNDJaoEw3r87ZiTT6Asm7HU-bVz-MyZ1K2TCx6fUhlEBY_w7ke1IRJ1inQ6Hej6wirzajxfMk5AW2PTie4y6ZgBXrm0_vPQKZVtOIVz1R2MKS4LRWUfsv5WiWu2pgmqGYvSh02yv_W0wZdUdflamdIRdIzsdYbrNK8CBSZb9To2PVvYVkX8qz7TFw0fduY1ZgvtnrLj4-P7LLKk7bJDIh17qzqEAUhYSbGWL3RhaEUiyOsF3XI-9H8ttwNwCESfC2Ryq-cHswscCRVNDVu&lt;/body&gt;&lt;/html&gt;"></a></p> Mon, 21 Oct 2019 17:23:44 +0000 5592 at Business Breakfast with Local Business Leaders <p>It was a pleasure to talk to local Business leaders at a Business Breakfast hosted by the The Wood Norton Hotel in Evesham last Friday. We had a constructive discussion about Brexit and a range of other local and national matters.</p> Mon, 21 Oct 2019 10:41:09 +0000 5589 at Statement on the Prime Minister’s New EU Deal <p>Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has negotiated a new deal with the EU.</p>&#13; &#13; <p>I shall be voting for the deal when we return to Parliament on Saturday and I call on all colleagues from all parties to do the same. This is an opportunity for many of those MPs (on both sides of the chamber) who have said they want to avoid no deal, to ensure that doesn’t happen. The EU have made it clear they have no tolerance for extensions so Saturday is a clear choice:  this deal or no deal.</p> Thu, 17 Oct 2019 14:55:48 +0000 5588 at